Ex-liberal from People's Republic of Massachusetts
Former newspaper reporter and editor from Massachusetts, distance runner, Red Sox fan
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Plenty of opinion to go around on whether ex-intelligence contractor Edward Snowden is a traitor or candidate for canonization.
But a liberal radio host who clearly opts for the latter is unwilling to concede that it wasn't just Americans who learned previously classified information about government surveillance and data mining from Snowden's leaks to the media in 2013.
Since his Comedy Central show began back in January, Larry Wilmore has followed the heavily-trod path of his former boss, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart -- he directs 95 percent of his snark at conservatives, the remaining sliver at fellow liberals.
Seeing how Wilmore is so selective in his ridicule toward the left, the outrage in question must be indisputably egregious to draw his fire. Mark Halperin's are-you-truly-Cuban? cross examination of GOP Senator Ted Cruz easily meets that standard.
A newly released Reuters online poll places left-wing court jesters Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert atop "the peak of American punditry."
While this will presumably come as welcome news for Stewart and Colbert, since the poll puts them ahead of pre-eminent conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly, it also reveals an unfortunate aspect of contemporary liberalism.
How about that, it took MSNBC daytime news anchor Alex Wagner all of nearly three years to see the obvious.
Appearing on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher this past Friday, Wagner and other guests were discussing the ongoing trials of accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes and Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and how terrorism should be combated.
Seldom does a liberal mention the prophetic document released 50 years ago known as the Moynihan Report. Rarer still is the liberal who praises it.
Officially titled The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, the report was largely written by a bureaucrat in the Department of Labor, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a future American ambassador to India and the United Nations and US Senator for New York from the mid-70s to 2000.
The kneejerk response from MSNBC's Chris Matthews was boilerplate liberal apologia for the jihad -- yes, Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller and her American Freedom Defense Initiative have the right to organize a Draw Muhammad contest, but doing so was deliberately provocative and "caused" two fanatical Islamists to open fire outside the event.
Both gunmen were killed by a police officer, who was armed, this because the event was held in Texas and not France.
Unstated though strongly implied provision in job description for MSNBC pundit -- propagandizing as necessary to generate large crowds/mobs to protest whatever liberals are angry about that week.
Dutiful as ever, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow did her part to honor this during her show last night. Protests over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while in police custody have spread to cities beyond Baltimore, Maddow reported.
Only among liberals is it deemed newsworthy that spending unsolicited time in police custody doesn't resemble a weekend at Disney.
Speaking with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow last night, NBC reporter Rehema Ellis could barely contain her disgust that juveniles arrested in Baltimore on criminal charges aren't being treated with "kid gloves." After all, they're just "kids", right?
You just knew Rush Limbaugh would provide a provocative and insightful take on the riots and looting in Baltimore and, sure enough, he didn't disappoint.
Wasting no time at the start of his radio show today, Limbaugh turned the left's paranoia about climate change on its head while pointing out that liberalism is responsible for an actual form of climate change -- of the political variety -- that poses a genuine threat to Americans.
It is an alleged truth universally embraced on the left that only conservatives care about money. Little can be done to dissuade liberals from this core belief, not even the accumulation of vast wealth by liberals.
In the wake of damning revelations about the money-laundering scheme known as the Clinton Foundation, left-wing comic Bill Maher is adamantly unwilling to acknowledge that Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Democrats in general, are motivated by anything but belief in government.
Sometimes the obvious eludes us. And all too often on MSNBC, the obvious appears deliberately avoided.
Case in point -- Rachel Maddow devoted a significant portion of her show on Thursday, two full segments, to railway accidents involving crude oil. In the last year alone, Maddow pointed out, trains carrying oil have derailed in Galena, Ill., Mount Carbon, W.V., and Lynchburg, Va., igniting huge fires that burned for days and forcing evacuations of local residents. Amazingly, no one was killed in the three incidents she cited, but a derailment and oil fire in Quebec in July 2013 claimed 47 lives.
On his HBO show last night, comic Bill Maher made a dubious claim about the alleged lack of widespread reporting in the 1970s on global cooling, an assertion that even his core audience of confirmed stoners must have known was inaccurate.
Maher claimed that media accounts of the purported phenomenon were limited to a single story in a major news magazine for the entire decade -- which is true only if one ignores the scores of other stories across the spectrum of media during that period.
Ed Schultz lecturing anyone else to be less bellicose -- what a hoot!
The easily angered, perpetually irritated MSNBC host is no fan of Republicans, but one in particular drew his ire this week -- Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who kicked off his campaign for president on Monday.
Future broadcasts of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC that include segments on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign should come with a warning, something along the lines of -- keep a barfbag handy, at least if you're one of the few conservatives in our audience.
With the official announcement of Clinton's second bid for the presidency looming, Maddow on her show Friday night recounted Clinton's previous campaigns for public office and positively swooned while doing so.
Chatter among the pundits on today's McLaughlin Group centered around President Obama meeting with Cuban dictator Raul Castro during the Summit of the Americas, the first time in nearly 60 years that leaders of the two countries have met in person.
Unfailingly predictable paleo-lib Eleanor Clift depicted Cuba as a magnet for foreign investors, a claim that led to a devastating retort from Tom Rogan, columnist for National Review and The Daily Telegraph.
Liberals are perennially keen on leniency in sentencing, except of course when it comes to political opponents guilty of nothing more than thought crime. Old habits like that are hard to shake.
The news that former Florida governor and presumptive GOP candidate for president Jeb Bush checked off "Hispanic" on a voter registration form provides an example of this perverse tendency on the left.
Shhhhh -- hear that? OK, maybe you can't, but surely your pooch can. That's why she's looking at you with a perplexed expression, or what passes for one from canines. It's the sound of dog-whistle racism we've heard so much about since the outset of the Obama presidency -- nay, since Obama's 2008 campaign for president, especially after Hillary Clinton began to lose.
Liberals have repeatedly cited this purported phenomenon to compensate for the dwindling number of tangible examples of racism. (Cursed arc of history, always bending toward justice!).
Though he's best known as a leading and fearless voice among conservatives, Rush Limbaugh is also a tech aficionado who keeps his finger on the pulse of what's coming next.
With the Apple Watch due out this month, Limbaugh on his radio show today said he's "not hot to trot for it" yet but sees possibilities for the gizmo that its creators may have missed.
Where have I seen this before, Rush Limbaugh asked his radio listeners while talking about the left's manufactured flash-mob anger over Indiana's religious freedom law?
Come to think of it, Limbaugh said, this last happened in the previous presidential campaign when the same Democrat operative/ pretend journalist played gotcha with another GOP politician to kick-start liberals' bogus war-on-women meme?
Having paved the way for television comics to make the unlikely leap to the rarefied sanctum known as the United States Senate, Saturday Night Live alum Al Franken wants David Letterman to follow suit.
Franken, now in his second term as a U.S. senator for Minnesota (and my apologies for the profound shock to anyone who recently awoke from a decade-long coma and still wasn't aware of this), appeared on Letterman's Late Show last night and thanked Letterman for his work as a comedian and broadcaster as Letterman prepares to retire in May.